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Safe Haven Community Center Launches Baby and Me Peer Group

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September 6, 2016

Sessions to begin Sept. 13

Taking care of an infant is challenging, but also very rewarding. Research shows that what new parents need most is peer support.

In response, Safe Haven Community Center in Toppenish is now offering a Baby and Me peer group for new parents.

The Baby and Me group was created for parents with infants four months old and younger.  The group will offer two weekly sessions, one in English and one in Spanish. The English session will be on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting September 13, and the Spanish session will be on Thursdays at 10 a.m. starting September 15, at Safe Haven Community Center, at 410 Washington Avenue in Toppenish.

The group is free of charge, and light refreshments will be provided.

“We aim to build lasting supportive relationships between families while discussing common questions for new parents,” Erika Ochoa, Health Promotions Supervisor said.

Parents will learn and practice games, songs and activities that help their baby’s brain grow. Participants will also hear from local postpartum and infant experts, while also having the opportunity to connect with other new parents.

“Most importantly, we’ll be able to share our own experiences in care for our infants,” said Ochoa, who is also a new mother.

Interested parents can register by calling (509) 865-1804. 


Safe Haven Community Center is part of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic network of care. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: